UP batsman Shamshad bids adieu to first class cricket

Published: Thursday, May 10, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Lucknow:Veteran Uttar Pradesh Ranji player Rizwan Shamshad on Wednesday announced his retirement from first class cricket.

Rizwan, leading the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) in the ongoing Sheesh Mahal Tournament here, informed the media here that he decided to say good bye to first class cricket so that the younger talent of UP get a chance to perform.

''...it was my cherished desire to lead UP in the Ranji Trophy, which could not be fulfilled...,'' he added.

He said he was now planning to play his second innings with UP Cricket Association as a coach or any other post, if offered.

Praising the role of media, he said now-a-days media has been highlighting the role of each and every cricketer, which is a good sign for the upliftment of cricket.

Rizwan, a veteran of 88 Ranji trophy matches under his belt, scored 5,710 runs in Ranji trophy matches, which included 224 runs against Vidharbha at Kanpur.

Team India star Mohd Kaif, who was also present on the occasion, said he learned from Rizwan in his younger days as a trainee of Green Park hostel and was very fond of watching his game.


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